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blenny

[blen-ee]
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noun, plural blen·nies.
  1. any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, especially of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted before the pectoral fins.

Origin of blenny

1745–55; < Latin blennius a kind of fish < Greek blénnos slime, mucus; so called from its slimy coating
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Historical Examples

  • The Blenny could be seen, though she had ceased firing, gliding on towards them.

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  • Hitherto the crew of the Blenny were not aware that their powder was exhausted.

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  • The fact is, Hemming has got command of the Blenny, and I applied and got appointed to her.

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  • “She is the Blenny, there is no doubt about it,” cried Jack.

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  • Rouse up, Blenny dear, and tell me about these notes of invitation for our dinner-party.


British Dictionary definitions for blenny

blenny

noun plural -nies
  1. any blennioid fish of the family Blenniidae of coastal waters, esp of the genus Blennius, having a tapering scaleless body, a long dorsal fin, and long raylike pelvic fins
  2. any of various related fishes

Word Origin

C18: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos slime; from the mucus that coats its body
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Word Origin and History for blenny

n.

1774, from Latin blennius (in Pliny), from Greek blennos, from blenna "slime, mucus," from PIE *mled-sno-, from root *mel- "soft." The fish so called from the coating on its scales.

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